Swindon Town return to action in league one action, with a tricky trip to Ipswich Town which is on the TV. This game was picked up by SKY Football in the latter part of 2020. This will be Swindon Town first game of 2021 after last weekend home game against Wigan Athletic fell foul to the cold weather and would have welcomed the 11-day break in between games.
A lot has happened since Swindon Town home defeat to MK Dons on the 29th of December. Paul Jewell has done some excellent work in the transfer window in the first week it has been opened. So, Mark Travers, Dominic Thompson and Kieron Freeman have all come in on deals to the end of the season. Travers and Thompson have joined on loan from Championship clubs Bournemouth and Brentford. Kieron Freeman was a free agent and joined on a free transfer, he was without a club since August after his contract with Sheffield United had ended. Scott Twine and Matt Palmer have re-joined the club after loan spells at Newport County and Wigan Athletic, respectively. Palmer loan deal ended on the 2nd of January 2021 and Swindon Town activated the recall clause on Scott Twine.
The outgoings, Matej Kovar was recalled by Manchester United, Joe Fryer and Toby Holland have both left the club after both of their contracts have expired. The news broke today that Jordan Stevens had been recalled by Leeds United for only to sign on loan at Bradford City for the remaining of the season. A busy week on the transfer front, I think it will be a busy window for Swindon Town. With more incomings and maybe 1 or 2 outgoings.
John Sheridan did his pre match presser on Thursday and here are some of the snippets. On Transfers, very pleased with the signings so far and that one or two more signings could happen in the next week. On Dominic Thompson, a very attack minded player and Thompson wanted to come to Swindon Town and play. On the Kovar departure back to Manchester United, Kovar is a young goalkeeper who has come to Swindon Town out on loan and Sheridan felt that the club needed to be stronger in goal. Sheridan has been really impressed with Scott Twine and will try to improve him in his development after his loan spell at Newport. Sheridan on Ipswich, they are a big team for this league, we have to go there and be strong.
My predicted XI for tomorrow 4-3-3
Travers, Caddis, Conroy, Fryers, Thompson, Grant, Lyden, M.Smith, Payne, Jaiyesimi, T. Smith
Ipswich Town are in 7th in League one this season after 18 games with 32 points, only goal difference separates them from being in the play-offs behind Charlton Athletic. The home form guide shows that Ipswich Town are 2nd in the league table with 21 points from 10 games. This will be Ipswich Town first game since the 15th of December, after 4 of there fixtures have been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak. Games against Peterborough United, Northampton Town, AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood Town have all had to be re-scheduled and Ipswich Town are having to play catch-up.
Ipswich Town form before the Covid-19 out break in the squad was patchy. The last 6 games have seen 2 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. The two wins have come up against Plymouth Argyle and the last outing against Burton Albion at home. The three defeats have all come at home without scoring, Hull City won 3-0, Charlton Athletic won 2-0 and Portsmouth 2-0 at Portman Road. The draw was a 0-0 away at Oxford United.
Paul Lambert has stuck to a 4-3-3 formation for the majority of the 2020/21 season. But in the last two games against Portsmouth and Burton Albion he has changed the shape. Against Portsmouth Lambert went 4-1-4-1 and against Burton Albion it was 4-2-3-1 with Alan Judge playing just off Oliver Hawkins.
The key players to watch out for Ipswich Town is Gwion Edwards who has been involved in 8 goals in 11 games with 5 goals in 3 assists. But Edwards has been injured for the last 7 games and Ipswich Town have missed his presence. Teddy Bishop has been involved in 5 goals with 4 goals and 1 assist this season in the 12 games he has played. But like Edwards, Bishop has not been involved since the Shrewsbury Town game on the 21st of November. Bishop limped off after 50 minutes with an ankle injury.
it will be a re-union for two ex-Swindon Town players in Kayden Jackson and Luke Woolfenden. Woolfenden played 32 league games for Swindon Town and scoring 2 goals during the 2018/19 league campaign when he joined the Robins on loan from Ipswich Town under Phil Brown and later Richie Wellens. Kayden Jackson won a pro contract at Swindon Town via the Samsung win a pro contract in 2013. Jackson had a 1-year deal with the club but was released by Mark Cooper at the end of the 2013/14 season without playing a game for the Robins.
Tomorrow game is a must win game for both clubs, both Ipswich Town and Swindon Town have had poor patches of form to end 2020. Ipswich Town have not played for close to a month and will be rusty. Swindon Town have not played for 11 days and will be looking to bounce back after that humbling defeat by MK Dons. I fear if Swindon Town do not pick up a positive result at Portman Road on Saturday evening this could spell the end of John Sheridan reign as Swindon Town manager.
By Scot Munroe